ritual rice ladle
ritual rice ladle
ritual rice ladle
ritual rice ladle
ritual rice ladle

ritual rice ladle

Dan people

Currently on View in W303.p7
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This ladle belonged to a woman who was chosen by her village as the most hospitable and hard-working. It represented her high status when she used it to serve community members and guests during the important feasts following dance festivals. This object refers to agricultural fertility as well as human reproduction, a concept that is enhanced when the ladle becomes "impregnated" with the rice that is being served.

Mrs. Russell Ashby donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972

Object Information

culture
Dan people
creation date
20th century
materials
wood, pigment
dimensions
22-1/2 x 5 x 5 in.
accession number
72.115
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Russell Ashby
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
African Art
colors

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